Friday, 29th June 2018


Issue #3 June





The minimum points for skilled migration to Australia have been increased


New Arrangements for Australian Bridging Visas – Due to Commence 1 July 2018


New visa pilot to attract the best of global talent to Australia


South Australia: General Skilled Migration Temporary closure


Available Jobs in Australia


The minimum points for skilled migration to Australia have been increased

From 1 July 2018, applicants wishing to apply for the following visa subclasses will be required to obtain a pass mark of 65 to be eligible to receive an invitation to apply:

  • Skilled-Independent (Permanent) (Class SI) Subclass 189;
  • Skilled-Nominated (Permanent) (Class SN) Subclass 190; and
  • Skilled-Regional Sponsored (Provisional) (Class SP) Subclass 489

This is an increase of five points.

The new pass mark reflects the high level of interest in skilled migration to Australia and the high calibre of prospective applicants who express their interest in the General Skilled Migration program.

Under the transitional arrangements, the pool and pass mark from the previous instrument is preserved for all visa applications for the above visas made before, on or after 1 July 2018 in response to an invitation given by the Minister before 1 July 2018.

The above mentioned visas are part of the Skill Select initiative launched by the Australian Government on 1 July 2012. SkillSelect is an online service that enables skilled persons who are interested in obtaining an Australian visa to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) that includes information about their skills and other attributes. SkillSelect then issues invitations to apply to migrate based upon a ranking of the attributes of nominees and subject to ceilings on occupation numbers. SkillSelect also enables staff of certain State/Territory government agencies and Australian employers to view relevant information in an intending migrant’s Expression of Interest (EoI).

This information assists State/Territory government agencies to identify persons who they may nominate to help meet labour market needs in their respective jurisdictions. Similarly, SkillSelect assists employers to identify skilled workers in circumstances where vacancies are unable to be met through the Australian labour market.

By way of background, SkillSelect is a three-stage process:

  • intending migrants submit details of their qualifications, experience, English language ability and other information in their EOI
  • intending migrants who possess the skills and qualifications needed in the Australian labour market and are sufficiently highly ranked will be invited by the Minister to make a visa application or may be nominated or sponsored by an Australian employer
  • intending migrants make a visa application which is assessed and granted in circumstances where all criteria are satisfied.

The Minister has determined that invitations should not be issued if the occupation ceiling has been reached for any occupation. GSM categories of the skilled migration program deliver a wide variety of occupations which are in need in the medium to long term in the Australian labour market. This mechanism is known as the occupation ceiling.

In simple terms, the occupation ceiling limits how many persons are invited to apply for a skilled independent, skilled regional sponsored and State/Territory government nominated GSM skilled visa from a particular occupation group (as per the 4 digit ANZSCO occupation group). Its purpose is to prevent the skilled migration program from being over-supplied by a narrow range of occupations. Once the annual occupation ceiling for a unit group is reached there will be no further invitations issued for skilled migration from this unit group .

Repealed Visa Subclasses:

Previously repealed visa categories within the General Migration Scheme will preserve their pre- 1 July eligibility requirements. These include:

  • Subclass 175 (Skilled – Independent) visa;
  • Subclass 176 (Skilled – Sponsored) visa;
  • Subclass 475 (Skilled – Regional Sponsored) visa;
  • Subclass 487 (Skilled – Regional Sponsored) visa;
  • Subclass 885 (Skilled – Independent) visa; and
  • Subclass 886 (Skilled – Sponsored) visa.

Immi Account Maintenance:

The Department of Home Affairs confirmed that Immi account maintenance is expected over the weekend considering 1 July changes.

Invitation Rounds

There were two invitation rounds conducted in June. It is not anticipated that further invitation rounds will be issued for this Migration year which concludes this Saturday. Invitations for new migration year FY 2018/19 are expected to be issued in the first half of July.


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New Arrangements for Australian Bridging Visas – Due to Commence 1 July 2018

Bridging visa

Commencing 1 July 2018, the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) will be introducing new processing arrangements for applicants wishing to make an application for a Bridging Visa E (BVE). The new form may only be used by applicants who do not have a pending BVE application, as defined in the instrument, this measure will mitigate submission of surplus applications. All other arrangements will remain the same including the ability to make an application for BE in person by visiting the Departmental office.

Briefly, there are two separate types of BVEs 1) Subclass 050 Bridging (General) and 2) Subclass 051 Bridging (Protection Visa Applicant). The function that a Subclass 050 BVE provides is to enable unlawful non-citizens to remain in Australia for a temporary period and for a specific purpose (as described in clause 050.212 of Schedule 2). General criteria that must be satisfied by all applicants for Subclass 050 BVEs are specified in clauses 050.211(1) and (2) of Schedule 2. Clause 050.211(1) provides that the applicant for Subclass 050 BVE must be an unlawful non-citizen, or the holder of a previously-issued Subclass 050 BE or the holder of a Subclass 041 (Non-applicant) BVD.

A BVE is a temporary visa. It allows you to stay in Australia until a specified date, or for a time, or until a specified event happens.

Your BVE will end if:

  • An applicant leaves Australia
  • you are granted a substantive visa
  • your BVE is cancelled.

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Skilled partner age limit

Highly skilled workers from around the world will have a new visa pathway into Australia as a part of the Government's new Global Talent Scheme pilot program.

From 1 July all businesses will be able to sponsor highly skilled and specialized workers who will help to grow their businesses and create more jobs.

The pilot will run for 12 months and provide businesses with a streamlined process to sponsor overseas workers with cutting edge skills, where there are no suitable Australians available to fill the vacancies.

The Government has been consulting with industry, the start-up sector and tertiary institution leaders, who informed the initial design of the scheme and will provide additional advice during the pilot.

The scheme includes two streams - one for established businesses and one for start-ups.

All businesses sponsoring workers to Australia under the scheme will need to demonstrate that they have been unable to source suitable individuals in the Australian labour market.


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South Australia: General Skilled Migration Temporary closure


The following information has just been received from the South Australian government:

To complete system updates for the new program year Immigration SA will be closing the state nomination 190/489 application system from 9am on Monday 25 June and will re-open in the first week of July (the date and time will be confirmed at the start of July).

If you have commenced a 190/489 application, you will need to submit & pay for the application prior to the system being closed.

From 9am on 25 June, incomplete applications will be deleted, this includes applications that have been "saved but not submitted" and applications that have been "submitted but are still awaiting payment".

Processing times for submitted applications are provided here.



Available Jobs in Australia

Jobs in Australia

Job2Go is a local recruitment company based in Adelaide, Queensland and Sydney, and has been providing staffing solutions and human resource services to small to large sized companies throughout Australia. We are hiring for the following positions.


An exciting opportunity had opened for an experienced Cook! Our client has been providing high quality authentic Indian food for the past 20 years. The right candidate will have excellent knowledge of dishes from all over India.

To be successful in this role, you will have:

  • Formal qualification
  • Relevant experience as a Cook in similar position is preferred.
  • The ability to work in a fast paced environment where you will be required to stand for extended periods of time.
  • The ability to make independent decisions when circumstances warrant such action.
  • Attention to detail and be a good team player.

Panel Beater

Well established Brisbane Auto Centre is seeking to employ an experienced Panel Beater.

Your role will require you do the following:

  • Conducting finishing touches on panel repairs including grinding, filing, polishing, painting and spray painting.
  • Fitting and replacing damaged vehicle parts with new panels.
  • Utilising welding equipment in cutting and fitting new parts onto the vehicle.
  • Filling small and large depressions with plastic fillers.
  • Repairing dents and damaged panels.
  • Utilising hydraulic equipment to straighten, realign and repair damaged vehicle parts.
  • Removing upholstery and other vehicle parts.
  • 5 years experience with exclusive European cars like Ferrari, Maserati, Audi, Porsche etc.
  • Assisting in any other work the supervisor sees fit.

Office Manager

Our client has an exciting opportunity for an experienced Office Manager to join their team! This family owned business specialises in commercial printing including digital, wide format and offset printing. Proven to be very successful, they are currently undergoing a major expansion and therefore are in need of an Office Manager who possess high standards of organisational skills.

The successful candidate will possess:

  • Experience within a professional service firm
  • Formal qualifications required
  • Strong work ethic and be highly organised and attention to detail with accountability
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to prioritise and balance several tasks and work with deadlines with a demonstrated ability to work on multiple projects at one time
  • Strong administrative skills including record keeping and note taking

Pastry Chef / Baker

With an established brand, our company requires individuals who has trade qualifications and experience as a Baker/Pastry Cook.

The position broadly entails:

  • Preparing and mixing ingredients according to formulas and methods
  • Operating manufacturing equipment
  • Maintaining a clean and tidy work area
  • Understanding and implementing different cooking processes.

The individual applying requires:

  • Trade qualifications in baking
  • Available for full time work
  • Ability to work in a team environment
  • Knowledge of baking industry
  • Good communication skills
  • A positive work attitude and professional manner
  • Demonstrate a high degree of attention to detail

If you believe you are an applicable candidate and have plenty of energy and enthusiasm, then please forward your resume and cover letter.

Medical Administrator

To be successful in this role, you will have:

  • At least a Bachelor degree or at least 5 years’ of relevant experience.
  • An understanding of medico-legal issues and the legislative framework for public health services
  • Ability to work collaboratively with members of an inter-disciplinary team and to communicate with clinical and non-clinical staff
  • Ability to analyse and critically evaluate relevant information and apply to medical management issues
  • Well-developed written and communication skills

Contact Job2Go on 1300 562246. If you are interested in any of these positions, please send your resume to

Alternatively you can check our website for further details


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